14 Unusual Buildings in the World

Posted On Sep 17 2016 by

It is not every day that you come across jaw-dropping buildings that seem to defy conventions. For this reason, it is not surprising that many of the world’s quirkiest and most unusual buildings are attracting a lot of attention. And here are just some of them.

1. Capital Gate

Capital Gate
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
::: Listed on the Guinness Book of World Records as world’s furthest leaning man-made tower

2. Crazy House
crazy house
Location: Dalat, Vietnam
::: Quirky-looking guesthouse

3. Crooked House
crooked house
Location: Staffordshire, United Kingdom
::: A pub with both ends at different heights (i.e. one end is roughly 4ft lower than the other)

4. Cubic Houses
Cubic Houses
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
::: Cube-shaped houses

5. Kansas City Library
Kansas City Library
Location: Missouri, USA
::: Library with a bookshelf façade, features spines of famous books

6. Krzywy Domek
Krzywy Domek
Location: Sopot, Poland
::: Building that looks like it came out straight from the pages of a fairy tale book

7. Kunsthaus
Kunsthaus
Location: Graz, Austria
::: Contemporary art museum

8. Longaberger Company Building
Longaberger Company
Location: Newark, Ohio, USA
::: Building that serves as headquarters for a basket company

9. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple
Location: Delhi, India
::: Bahai temple

10. Montaña Mágica Lodge
Montaña Mágica Lodge
Location: Patagonian Rainforest, Chile
::: Eco-lodge that mimics the shape of a volcano

11. Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Location: Hauterives, France
::: Iconic outsider architecture, a palace built from stones collected by postman Ferdinand Cheval

12. Piano House
piano house
Location: Anhui, China
::: A house shaped like a piano with a violin-shaped entrance

13. Ryugyong Hotel
ryugyong hotel
Location: Pyongyang, North Korea
::: Skyscraper shaped like a pyramid and remains unfinished to date

14. Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Location: Longyearbyen, Norway
::: Well-fortified seed vault that serve as storage place for millions of different types of seeds from around the world


Ledyard Up-and-Down Sawmill: Surviving The Waters

Posted On Apr 7 2017 by

water sawmill

There are many kinds of sawmills, but none has survived the waters as Ledyard Up-and-Down Sawmill did.

Previously known as Main Sawmill, Ledyard Up-and-Down Sawmill is an epitome of both rich history and vibrant culture. Located within the small town of Ledyard, Connecticut in the United States, this rare gem has survived the waters – having been recreated by current owners, Ledyard’s citizens and Historic District Commission, with its original power source and its original equipment.

Now, here are some things that make Ledyard Up-and-Down Sawmill even rarer:

  • Its 19th century feel. The up-and-down sawmill was originally water-powered. The place is also described to be very nostalgic – with locals and tourists being able hear the rasping of saws cutting through lumber echoing from the pond beside the water dam nearby.
  • Its historical equipment. Considered a key feature in the sawmill, the place mainly use a six-feet-long saw blade – straight and mounted vertically in a wooden frame, unlike today’s circular saws.
  • Its up-and-down process. Said to have a reciprocating movement, the wooden frame (in which the saw blade is mounted) is connected to a section on the flywheel crank and bottom shaft of the mill’s lower level via a wooden arm. As the water from the dam is used to power up the whole mechanism, the wooden frame will move up and down. It will also cut downwards, while a wooden carriage with the lumber moves forward upwards.

Moreover, Ledyard Up-and-Down Sawmill do not only showcase its awesome historical and cultural significance. It also showcases great unity among volunteers who maintain the place and help keep it safe for locals and tourists alike. Even more so, you can explore the whole place by yourself or experience firsthand what it’s like to work in a sawmill – from harvesting lumber, cutting the lumber into different sizes, classifying the cut lumber into different purposes, and finishing various wood products.

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Other attractions include:

  • Lane Shingle Mill – This is also originally water-powered, but is now converted to run via gasoline engine.
  • Blacksmith Shop – This is where you can find various portraits of how saws and other tools are made in the early years of Ledyard Up-and-Down Sawmill, as well as the actual items.
  • Ice Harvesting – This is where you can also experience firsthand what it’s like to harvest, move, cut, and process ice – just like how people do back then and even now.

A Whole New Level Of Uniqueness: Unique Juices & Nutrition

Posted On Mar 29 2017 by

The word uniqueness is defined as “the quality of being particularly remarkable, special, or unusual.”

But in this case, a whole level of uniqueness can be defined – in the form of a restaurant, a juice bar, and a training centre in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

restaurant

Let’s take a closer look on Unique Juices and Nutrition…

Owner Sarah Griffiths has 15 years of experience as a nutritionist, as well as a model and a bodybuilder. She created the award-winning Unique Juices and Nutrition from this said experiences, looking to inspire more people to start living healthy and fit.

The restaurant’s menu includes vegan and vegetarian food, superfood salads, balanced breakfasts, protein shakes, and healthy cakes. The juice bar’s menu includes fresh juices made from cold-pressed juicers or hydraulic press juicers, which are similar to juicers found in http://juicerkings.com/best-masticating-juicers/. Unique Juices and Nutrition also offers an express menu, where pre-prepared meals are created for take-home and even personalized for the specific needs and requirements of customers – a perfect (and healthier) option for busybodies and travellers who usually just buy take-home from well-known fast-food chains.

Moreover, Unique Juices and Nutrition is not just a restaurant and a juice bar. It’s also a training centre at the same time, wherein chefs and nutritionists can learn more about their chosen careers and holds monthly seminars in nutrition for both adults and child. Even more so, the restaurant/juice bar/training centre aims to educate more people about the importance of eating healthy foods and being healthy and fit overall.

As for Unique Juices and Nutrition’s building design and interpersonal skills, it’s a whole new level of uniqueness – it has a stylish interior design, specifically a white/green/black colour scheme, which makes for a cool aesthetic. The green color represents its overall branding, “vitality at the heart of the business.” It also has friendly and highly trained staff members – an underrated, but very important aspect that can either make or break a company’s reputation.

Indeed, Unique Juices and Nutrition has taken the definition of uniqueness to a whole new level. But you know what? It’s just right, considering that most people are still in the dark when it comes to being healthy and fit. Aside from that, the restaurant/juice bar/training centre is an epitome of how business should be run – with heart, with mind, with vitality, and with its very own uniqueness.

Start living healthy and fit now! Visit Unique Juices and Nutrition at 379 Eaton Rd, Liverpool L12 2AH, UK.


World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers

Posted On Aug 31 2016 by

Travelers often stumble upon remarkable architecture and design that may be unexpected. Many sought to visit famous landmarks while others randomly find awe-inspiring buildings that make a place more memorable. But there are cities in the world with attractions architecture enthusiasts would love to see.

Athens, Greece
acropolis
Why go there: Greek architecture, world-renowned cultural monuments, Acropolis Hill, Parthenon, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theatre of Dionysos, Greek Parliament, and more

Barcelona, Spain
la sagrada familia
Why go there: Home of famous architect Antoni Gaudi; La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Església de Santa Maria del Mar, Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, La Pedrera, Palau de la Música Catalana, Park Güell

Beijing, China
Great Wall of China
Why go there: Classical and modern architecture, Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Nine Great Gates, Summer Palace, Temple of Earth, Temple of Heaven, Bird’s Nest, CCTV Headquarters, National Grand Theatre

Berlin, Germany
reichstag
Why go there: Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower), Holocaust Memorial, Olympic Stadium, Potsdamer Platz, Reichstag, The Berlin Wall Memorial

Cairo, Egypt
Great Pyramid of Giza
Why go there: The Great Pyramid of Giza, Al-Azhar Mosque, Bab Zuweila, Beit el-Suhaymi, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Madrassa of an-Nasr Mohammed, Madrassa of Qalaun, Madrassa of as-Salih Ayyub, Mosque of Al-Hakim, Nilometer, Ramses Station, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Wikala al-Bazara

Chicago, USA
Cloud Gate
Why go there: Aon Center, Aqua Tower, Cloud Gate, Crown Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Robie House, The Poetry Foundation, Unity Temple, Willis Tower, Wood Pavilion

Dubai, UAE
burj al arab
Why go there: Bastakia Quarter, Burj al-Arab, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, The World

Istanbul, Turkey
hagia-sophia-216471_960_720
Why go there: Hagia Sophia, Beylerbeyi Palace, Blue Mosque, Column of Constantine, Dolmabahçe Palace, Garden Plaza, Topkapi Palace

New York City, USA
Freedom Tower
Why go there: Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Freedom Tower, Gingerbread House, Guggenheim, Rockefeller Center

Paris, France
notre-dame-cathedral
Why go there: Classical and modern architecture; Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Arènes de Lutèce, Centre Pompidou, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Notre Dame Cathedral , The Louvre

Rome, Italy
colosseum
Why go there: World famous architecture wonders; Basilica San Pietro, Burghese Gallery and Gardens, Castel Sant’Angelo, Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column

Shanghai, China
shanghai
Why go there: Modern architecture; Grand Theatre, Oriental Art Centre, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre